$2,500 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps fund first community playground in Cookeville, Tenn.
SALISBURY, Md. (Wednesday, April 15, 2015) – Associates from Perdue Farms’ operation in Monterey, Tenn., presented a $2,500 donation from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to Heart of the City Playground in Cookeville, Tenn. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
Heart of the City Playground is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully inclusive and accessible playground within 90 miles of Cookeville … a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play. The playground will feature a unique poured surface for mobility-impaired children and those using adaptive equipment.
“Our Heart of the City Playground Committee has been humbled by the generous outpouring of sponsorship donations from our community,” said Playground Coordinator Kelly Swallows. “Thank you to Perdue and the Foundation from the bottom of our hearts for helping make this dream become a reality.”
The donation will be used along with other community donations for purchasing the playground equipment, surfacing, fencing and landscaping, as well as a restroom facility. Community volunteers will be building the playground this fall on a 12,500-plus square foot lot donated by the City of Cookeville. Perdue’s donation will be recognized at the grand opening as a Bronze Sponsor of the Playground and be featured on the wall for future generations of children to see.
“Many of our associates are involved in the development and creation of this playground,” said Jordan Way, continuous improvement manager at Perdue’s Monterey facility and volunteer on the project’s Art and Design Committee. “We know it will provide great joy to the children of this community and we are happy to support it.”
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